President Emmerson Mnangagwa says the nation has lost an unassuming and humble leader in national heroine, Cde Thokozile Mathuthu, who was buried today at the National Heroes Acre in Harare.

Addressing mourners gathered at the national shrine to bid farewell to former Minister of State for Matabeleland North Province, President Mnangagwa said the entire nation will remain proud of the visionary, zeal and enthusiasm that Cde Mathuthu had throughout her political career.

He described her as a peacemaker, who never looked back on her conviction that unity is key to development.

The President said Cde Mathuthu was a strong advocate of women empowerment and a member of the women’s league that in 1999 advocated for greater women participation in national politics.  

He said the death of Cde Mathuthu, who came out of hospital to go and vote on 30 July before being taken back for treatment, comes after an election victory for the Zanu PF party

He said one way of fulfilling the wish of Cde Mathuthu is for the ruling party to implement developmental programmes such as devolution of power in order to revive the economy and create more jobs. 

Cde Mathuthu succumbed to cancer on Heroes Day on Monday 13 August 2018.

She is former Deputy Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services.